U.S. Brig NIAGARA arrived at her homeport of Erie yesterday afternoon to prepare for Tall Ships Erie, which kicks off with the Parade of Sail from 1600-1800 on Thursday.
This morning finds some of the other members of the flotilla that's about to invade Erie underway. As of 0715 this morning PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II is abeam of Ashtabula, Ohio, making 8.6 knots. Behind her, APPLEDORE IV is cruising across Lake Erie at 6.4 knots. Abeam of her, PEACEMAKER is at the Canadian border making a speed of 5.6 knots.
UNICORN is sailing nearby as well. At 0830 the UNICORN and ALGOLAKE had a short conversation on the marine radio.
As of 1025 this morning FRIENDS GOOD WILL is off of North Kingsville, halfway between Conneaut and Ashtabula, making 6.5 knots.
The tall ships will probably cruise around the Lake tonight, and, if they do the same thing as 2010, will be found in the morning anchored off of Beach 11 waiting for the Parade of Sail to begin.